• Washington Wizards reach deal for Marcin Gortat, Shannon Brown, Kendall Marshall and Malcolm Lee for Washington Wizards' Emeka O

    Summary of 7 articles · Updated Oct 26, 2013
    Sources said the deal sends Gortat and guards Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee and Kendall Marshall to the Wizards for the expiring contract of veteran big man Emeka Okafor and a protected 2014 first-round pick . The Wizards sent Okafor to the Phoenix Suns on Friday evening for offensive-minded pick and dive king Marcin Gortat, while taking back former Suns lottery pick Kendall Marshall, former Lakers champion Shannon Brown, and Malcolm Lee along the way. The Washington Wizards, trying to strengthen their hand for a playoff push in the Eastern Conference, have acquired center Marcin Gortat from the Phoenix Suns, sources close to the talks told ESPN. The Wizards have agreed to terms on a preseason move to address Emeka Okafor’s indefinite absence, per a report from ESPN.com. The problem here is that the Wizards also gave up a 2014 draft pick to Phoenix, protected through the top 12 selections. The rebooted Suns had little use for a 29-year-old center on an expiring contract, and thus flipped Gortat to a team with different interests in exchange for a useful draft pick. After a holding steady kind of post-lockout 2011 offseason, the Suns finally started rebuilding during the 2012 summer by trading Steve Nash yet there was still an in-between sense by targeting young vets like Goran Dragic and Michael Beasley and making an attempt at a big splash with Eric Gordon that would have tied up cap space but perhaps made them a contender for a playoff spot with health.
    Source: ESPN.com
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